Aquatic






        Dr. I. Sware.Semesi
TEACHING
\r\nTeaches undergraduate courses in the field aquatic ecology.

\r\n\r\nUndergraduate courses:
\r\nAQ 211 Mangrove and Seagrass Ecosystems 2 Units: Taught during 1st Semester
\r\nAQ 321 Ecology of Coral Reefs 2 Units: Taught during 2nd Semester
\r\nAQ 111 Introduction to Aquatic Science 3 Units: Taught during 1st Semester (Teaching shared with Dr Lugendo)

AQ 211 Mangrove and Seagrass Ecosystems (2 units)\r\n\r\nObjectives:
To introduce students to the mangrove and seagrass ecosystems with respect to their systematics and ecology. This knowledge is fundamental to the conservation and management of these important ecosystems.

\r\n\r\nSynopsis:
\r\n(i) Characterization of mangroves and their adaptations, taxonomy and evolution, physiographic features favouring mangroves, reproductive strategies. Zonation in mangrove forests. The biota of mangrove communities and their ecology. Ecological and socio-economic roles of mangrove ecosystems. Mangroves in Tanzania: species, distribution, utilization, degradation, management and restoration.

\r\n(ii) Seagrass systematics, habitats, adaptations, and reproduction. The biota of seagrass beds, ecology, and zonation. Seagrasses in Tanzania: species, distribution, and degradation. Ecological and economic roles of seagrass beds. Management of seagrass ecosystems. Interactions between mangrove, seagrass, and coral reef ecosystems.

\r\n(iii) Sampling techniques in mangrove forests and seagrass beds.\r\n

\r\nDelivery: 15 lecture hours and 45 practical classes. \r\n

\r\nAssessment: Essay and tests 15%; mid-semester examination 25%; final examination 60%

.\r\nKey Textbook
\r\n1. Hogarth, P. 2007. The Biology of Mangroves and Seagrasses. Series: Biology of Habitat Series. Oxford University Press. 280 pp.\r\n

\r\n Reference Books:
\r\n1. Aksornkoae, S. 1993. Ecology and Management of Mangroves. IUCN, Bangkok, Thailand. 176 pp.

\r\n2. McRoy, C.P. and C. Helfferich 1977. Seagrass Ecosystems. Marcel Dekker, Inc., New York.

\r\n3. Phillips, R.C. and E.G. Menez 1988. Seagrasses. Smithsonian Contribution to the Marine Sciences. No. 34. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington D.C. 104 pp.

\r\n4. Robertson, A.I. and D.M. Alongi (eds), 1992. Tropical Mangrove Ecosystems. American Geophysical Union, Washington DC. 329 pp.

\r\n5. Tomlinson, P.B., 1986. The Botany of Mangroves. Cambridge Tropical Biology Series. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. 419 pp.\r\n\r\n

AQ 321: Coral Reefs Ecology (2 units)\r\n

\r\nObjectives:
To give students a thorough understanding of coral reefs as ecosystems as well as conservation issues and methods for conducting coral reef research.\r\n

\r\nSynopsis:
A survey of the Phylum Cnidaria. Nutrition and symbiosis in corals. Types of reefs and their formation. Distribution and limiting factors. The biota of coral reef ecosystems and their zonation. Productivity, food webs, biodiversity, nutrient cycling, and ecological processes. Ecological and economic roles of coral reefs. Interactions between

mangrove, seagrass, and coral reef ecosystems. Natural and human threats. Coral reefs in Tanzania: species, associated biota, utilization, degradation, conservation, management, and restoration. Sampling techniques: quadrats, line and belt transects. Monitoring programmes.\r\n

\r\nDelivery: 15 lecture hours and 45 hours of practical classes.

\r\n\r\nAssessment: Essay and tests 15%, Mid-semester examination 25%, final examination 60%.

\r\n\r\nKey Textbooks:
\r\n1. Jones, O.A. and R. Endean (eds.). 1973. Biology and Geology of Coral Reefs. 4 vols. Academic Press, London.

\r\n2. McClanahan, T.R., C.R.C. Sheppard, and D.O. Obura. 2000. Coral Reefs of the Indian Ocean: Their Ecology and Conservation. Oxford University Press, New York. 525 pp.

\r\n\r\nReference Books
\r\n1. Richmond, M.E. (ed.). 1997. A Guide to the Seashores of Eastern Africa and the Western Indian Ocean Islands. Sida/Department of Research Cooperation, SAREC, Stockholm.

\r\n2. Veron, J.E.N. 1993. Corals of Australia and the Indo-Pacific. University Hawaii Press, USA. 644 pp.

\r\n3. Wells, S. and N. Hanna. 1992. The Greenpeace Book of Coral Reefs. Blanford Cameron Books. 160 pp.

\r\n4. William Seaman Jr. (Editor). 2000. Artificial Reef Evaluation with Application to Natural Marine Habitats. CRC Press. N.W. Corporate Blvd., Boca Raton, Florida.

\r\n5. Wood, E. 1983. Corals of the World. TFH Publications. 265 pp.\r\n
  
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